The JR Race Car Junior Dragster program is designed to allow racers between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to race against their peers in near-replica models of the cars that the pros drive.
They compete at the local track level and selected divisional events as well as at the Summit Team Finals and at individual Junior-only JR Race Car Team Finals events. These events are contested on an eighth-mile format on an E.T. dial, your own format or a pre-set index on a heads-up breakout basis.
With three levels of Junior Dragster competition, it makes this class a great starting point for competitors to learn the basics of drag racing while promoting family fun.
The International Hot Rod Associationâ„˘ (IHRA) is proud to announce its Master and Advanced Jr. Dragster classes have been added to the annual Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions â€“ held during the World Finals in Memphis, Tennessee â€“ and will be will be sponsored by longtime series partner Summit Racing Equipment.
â€śThe JR Race Car Jr. Dragster racers are the future of our sport and this announcement is exciting news for them,â€ť said IHRA President Scott Gardner. â€śWe would like to thank Summit Racing Equipment, our valued and longtime partner, for adding their support to this class by including them in the Summit Tournament of Champions and posting a most generous purse.â€ť
The $100,000 Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented debuted in 2009 and is the sport's first nationwide head-to-head tournament to determine the champions in each of the premier sportsman classes in IHRA competition. This revolutionary format not only reduces costs financially for IHRA racers, but it rewards all drivers who have had a successful year with a level playing field where location and finances are not a factor in determining the world champions.
The Summit Tournament of Champions has grown exponentially over the past few years and with the recent expansion of the partnership with performance mail order giant Summit Racing Equipment, the Summit Tournament of Champions continues to grow at a rapid rate and hold its place as the nation's premier sportsman event.
The JR Race Car IHRA Jr. Dragsters will compete in the Summit Pro-Am Tour in Divisions 2, 4, 6 and 9 this season.
To qualify for the year-end Summit Tournament of Champions, Master and Advanced Summit Pro-Am Jr. Dragster racers must finish in the top two in points in their respective division. Once there, all qualified Jr. Dragster drivers will compete in one class in head-to-head competition for the Summit TOC Junior World Championship.
Jr. Dragster drivers cannot race the same car in the Summit Super Series and Tournament of Champions should they qualify for both.
Junior participants in the Tournament of Champions will compete for the following awards â€“ a total of $4,800 in cash and $1,400 in gift cards -- provided by Summit Racing Equipment:
6. $400 gift card
7. $300 gift card
8. $300 gift card
9. $200 gift card
10. $200 gift card